When people say "A horse of a different color," what color is "the same"?

Why doesn't the term "horsepower" instill in a car a horse's power to spook, rear, bolt, buck, and bite?

Why is it that when it's spring and you're wearing white, the chestnut has to rub against you, but if you're wearing black, it's the grey who suddenly needs attention?

And what do you wear if you've got a pinto or a roan?

Why doesn't "horse chestnut" mean the same thing as "chestnut horse"?

Many horses get hyper when the weather changes, hate rain, and spook at wind. Show season starts in spring. What's the thinking?

If cinches are sometimes difficult to tighten, how come something easy is called "a cinch"?

On the other hand, if we're going to call something easy "a cinch", how come we can't also call it "a girth"?

How many people who use the expression "get back on the horse" have ever actually been on a horse?

How come when you've got no foot, you've got no horse, but when you've got no horse, you've still got feet?

Concerning the name: Horse Kick is a term that came about because, well -- when you're in the mood to do something, you're on a kick. Like, if you're in the mood to watch Ace Ventura, When Nature Calls over and over again, you're on a Jim Carrey kick (and your name is Kari, but we'll get to that in a minute). If you're in the mood to eat lots of Tostitos, you're on a Tostito kick. So if you're in the mood to talk horse, you're on a Horse Kick. Simple as that.

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The Monster Behind the Name
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